Last week, Michigan Democrats elected Lavora Barnes as the party’s new chair. Barnes, who was the party’s COO, was the favorite to win the race against three other candidates. She succeeds Brandon Dillon, who decided not to run again. Barnes is the second woman to chair the party, the first was Olivia Maynard from 1979-83.
She is the second African-American to chair the Michigan Democratic party – Butch Hollowell was the first but was in a joint-chair position with long-time chair Mark Brewer following the 2002 election.